Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Activation Problem on VMWare Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285

I am using VMWare Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285. I installed Windows 2008 R2 with 512 MB of RAM and activated it. I then installed Windows 2008 R2 SP1 on that virtual server. Now facing a typical problem.

When I am increasing the RAM to 1 GB of that Windows 2008 R2 with SP1 virtual machine, it's showing Windows 2008 not activated. On decreasing the RAM back to 512 MB, it's showing activated.

I really can't understand what the problem is? Is it a bug of VMWare Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285?

Need help from you.
hchabriaAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if its not acceptable, I suggest you contact VMware and Microsoft, Ive not heard of this issue with VMware Workstation. But I do know if you change the hardware on a server, it can retrigger an re-activation. This applies to a virtual or physical server. Im not sure of your requirements to increase and decrease ram at will, yes this is a feature, but we dont often practice that method.

Interesting that it happens after applying sp1.

Some other experts maybe prepared to comment.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just re-activate it again, if you cannot via the Internet, speak to Microsoft Activation, they are very understanding with issues with Activation, they'll give you a new product key to enter and activate.

As for why, that's odd, a change in the virtual machine has obviously changed the Activated status.

A little tip, we generally never activate, until we have to, to finalise the VM or physical machine equirements. It gives us, plenty of time to try what if etc
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hchabriaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your quick reply. However, my logic is that at any moment I can increase or decrease the RAM of virtual machine based on my necessity and for that do I have to activate my virtual server each time? This is not acceptable at all.

This typical problem I am facing when I updated Windows Server 2008 R2 with  SP1, before that it was having no problem.
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hchabriaAuthor Commented:
Thanks hanccocka. As suggested by you I have called MS and they suggested to reinstall the OS with SP1. After that I have no problem with activation on decreasing or increasing the RAM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You have followed by Advice in the answer to the question.
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